Men in Black: International hit cinemas on Friday, June 14th and to say it's welcome has been a warm one would be overstating matters somewhat.
Despite the spin-off boasting a brilliant cast and looking like a fun romp in the trailers, Men in Black: International is currently bombing hard at the box office, earning a meagre $28.5 million in the US on its opening weekend, roughly half of what the previous MIB movies took home on their respective opening weekends.
Despite every Men in Black fan under the sun calling for a Will Smith cameo, the actor was absent from the new International spin-off. But is that really the reason behind it bombing at the box office?
Who's in Men in Black: International?
The film is directed by F. Gary Gray, who previously helmed the nineties comedy gem Friday starring Ice Cube, along with other projects such as The Italian Job - the 2003 remake, obviously - The Negotiator and more recently the smash-hit N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton.
Shifting things around a little, this spin-off recasts the leads, much to the joy of the actors' adoring fanbases.
We have Chris Hemsworth (Bad Time at the El Royale) and Tessa Thompson (Sorry To Bother You) playing Agent H and Agent M respectively. The pair shared great chemistry in Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok (Thor and Valkyrie) and ever since there has been an overwhelming desire to see them cast alongside one another again.
Liam Neeson (Taken), Rebecca Ferguson (Life), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) and Emma Thompson (Love Actually) also billed to star in the alien-busting reboot.
Is Will Smith's absence behind International bombing at the box office?
Unfortunately, as we're all well aware of at this point, Will Smith does not star in Men in Black: International.
Some fans have definitely been left disappointed - after all, there's nobody quite like Will Smith.
However, the chances are that Men in Black: International has bombed at the box office due to the lack of need for the franchise anymore.
Even after the third instalment, many felt that the series needed to embrace its end; it clearly hasn't.
Despite looking like an absolute blast and boasting a stellar cast, the Men in Black franchise clearly just doesn't carry the same weight it once did.
So whether Will Smith made an appearance or not, Men in Black: International was always likely to lose out, especially with many cinema-goers pinning their hopes on Toy Story 4 which releases this week.
Men In Black: International UK release date
Men in Black: International hit cinemas in the UK and worldwide on June 14th, 2019 and will likely be around for a couple of weeks.
However, with Pixar's Toy Story 4 hitting the big screen just a week later on June 21st, Men in Black's poor opening weekend could only be made worse.
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